Press Esc to close
Saturday 24 June 2017
News updated at 12:17 PM IST

Strong 6.5 quake shakes New Zealand: USGS

Wellington, Jul 21, 2013 (AFP): 14:12 IST
File photot. For representational purpose only
A strong 6.5-magnitude earthquake struck off New Zealand today, jolting the nation's capital but no tsunami alert was issued and there were no immediate reports of damage.

The quake hit at 5:09 pm (0509 GMT) 57 kilometres (36 miles) south-southwest of Wellington at a depth of 14 kilometres, the US Geological Survey said.

USGS initially reported the magnitude at 6.9.

It was followed minutes later by another quake of 5.5 and came about 10 hours after a 5.8 tremor in the same region which has been rocked by multiple quakes in recent days.

Dozens of earthquakes were recorded today with New Zealand's GeoNet earthquake monitoring service describing the 6.5 tremor which was felt widely as "severe".

"There was a rocking and rattling which lasted about 30 seconds," a resident in the South Island resort town of Nelson told AFP.

The fire service received multiple calls to assist people trapped in elevators in Wellington and the tremblor also set off sprinklers in city buildings and cut electricity supplies in many areas.

Seismologist Anna Kaiser told the New Zealand Herald that earthquakes of this magnitude were not unusual in the region.

"When we get one of these events there will be increased seismicity in the region and there's always the possibility of a larger event but it's unlikely."

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said earthquakes of such magnitude can generate local tsunamis but there was no threat of a "destructive widespread tsunami ".

New Zealand's civil defence authorities said it was "unlikely to have caused a tsunami that will pose a threat to New Zealand."

Recent quakes have been centred about 200 kilometres north of New Zealand's second largest city Christchurch, where a 6.3-magnitude quake in February 2011 toppled buildings onto lunchtime crowds, leaving 185 people dead.

The country sits on the so-called "Ring of Fire", the boundary of the Australian and Pacific tectonic plates, and experiences up to 15,000 tremors a year.

Go to Top

Photo Gallery
NDA's presidential nominee Ram Nath Kovind flanked by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP chief...

NDA's presidential nominee Ram Nath Kovind flanked by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP chief...

A police officer offers supports to the son of slain DSP Mohammed Ayub Pandit to pay respects to...

A police officer offers supports to the son of slain DSP Mohammed Ayub Pandit to pay respects to...

Members of Majlis-e-Ulama-e-Hind (Delhi state) burn an effigy during a protest against Israel at...

Members of Majlis-e-Ulama-e-Hind (Delhi state) burn an effigy during a protest against Israel at...

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)'s PSLV C38, carrying earth observation satellite...

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)'s PSLV C38, carrying earth observation satellite...

Muslims take cover with a cloth to protect themselves from scorching heat as they offer last...

Muslims take cover with a cloth to protect themselves from scorching heat as they offer last...

BSF personnel take part in a cycle rally at India Gate to aware people against drugs in New Dehi...

BSF personnel take part in a cycle rally at India Gate to aware people against drugs in New Dehi...

Angry students burn railway properties during a violent protest against Central government over...

Angry students burn railway properties during a violent protest against Central government over...

Former Union minister Nagmani showing a bullet which was fired from an unidentified assailant...

Former Union minister Nagmani showing a bullet which was fired from an unidentified assailant...

Children are seen near the entrance gate of Maroda Village which was renamed as 'Trump Village'...

Children are seen near the entrance gate of Maroda Village which was renamed as 'Trump Village'...

Children play football in mud after rainfall in Kolkata on Friday. PTI

Children play football in mud after rainfall in Kolkata on Friday. PTI

Like us on Facebook

Copyright 2017, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523
Powered by Yodasoft Technologies Pvt. Ltd.